86-year-old veteran walks Wounded Warrior 5K in memory of fallen friend

86-year-old man leads 5k for veterans

Jacksonville, FL. — Gordon Reynolds walks 3.1 miles three times a week to stay in shape.

The 86-year-old Air Force veteran is participating in the WWP’s Carry Forward® 5K, delivered by CSX® for the second year in a row.

It’s virtual this year due to COVID-19. Supporters can now run whenever and wherever is easiest for them and donate online.

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This year, Reynolds is walking in honor of Captain David Riesterer, a USMC helicopter pilot who served during the Vietnam War.

Riesterer was exposed to Agent Orange during the time he served.

He died of cancer six years ago.

Reynolds not only walks for him, but also for himself.

He was a quadriplegic briefly in 1979 after suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

He encourages people to donate or sign up for the 5K to honor those who served.

The Wounded Warrior Project raises money and awareness for injured veterans. in previous years, races have brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

They’re accepting donations and registrations through the end of this year.